Massportal Pharaoh ED in Praxistest

The Massportal Pharaoh ED has a round platform and uses Delta technology. We put them to the test in the test.

Special features: The Pharaoh belongs to the so-called Delta-3D-printers. They are characterized by a special suspension of the print head. It is attached to three arms, which climb up and down on three side rails. On the other hand, the printing platform is not movable, but is firmly anchored to the ground. The print head moves to the platform, not vice versa. In addition, it is round and thus a further characteristic of Pharaoh, because usually the construction platforms are square. The design is designed to allow the 3D printer to be low-vibration and thus quiet to work without losing its working temperature. In the test, we can clarify what these technical refinements bring in practice.

Setup – easy in the hardware, complicated with the software

You do not have to do much with the Massportal Pharaoh ED on the hardware in order to get it ready for operation. The 3D printer is a ready-to-use device and therefore completely assembled. For the setup, fasten the material holder on the back and hang the filament roll. It processes roll material and does not select the plastic types: PLA, ABS or other varieties can be used. Through a hole in the housing, guide the plastic thread into the interior of the pharaoh while holding down the material button to push the thread.

The rest is largely automatic: the 3D printer carries out an auto-calibration. A sensor on the extruder measures the distance between the nozzle and the platform and compensates for this if necessary. Also the filament finds the last piece to the extruder thanks to an automatic feed system without manual intervention.

In contrast is software -Setup not so trivial: The reason: From home from Mass Portal Pharaoh ED as extremely flexible controllable 3D printer is designed. That is why it is delivered in Germany without a specific printing program. Rather, it is compatible with Cura, Repetier Host and Simplify3D. The latter software is paid for. The manufacturer from Latvia distributes the Pharaoh with a license of the program for 3267 euros. FromiGo3D – the supplier of our test model – Bolt host is recommended as a program. However, since there is no preconfigured version that you can download from the dealer’s website, you need to customize RepetierHost itself to the pharaoh. This is not a simple task, and a visual hurdle for beginners in 3D printing. This is where we need to improve, because we do not consider it to be really customer-friendly. Some support the manufacturer offers to the English-language website.

The first printing with the Massportal Pharaoh ED

Since the Paraoh ED carries an SD card slot on the back of the case, a first sample print works most easily from the memory card. This allows you to get a first impression of the print quality without having to set up the appropriate print program for a long time. Access the card via the printer display. Probed files are available on the SD card.

Before the printhead moves, the Massportal Pharaoh ED starts to heat up the printing platform. Again, the 3D printer is generously designed, because it can withstand platform temperatures up to a maximum of 110 degrees Celsius. The heating process itself takes 5 minutes on average – an average value. To ensure that you can visually observe the platform temperature, the LEDs underneath are slowly changing from blue to red during heating.

When the temperature is reached, the print head moves down to the construction platform. The sensor on the pressure nozzle automatically checks the distance between the platform and the extruder. Using the light directly at the print head, you can follow the building activity well. Since a glass plate located on the heating element of metal, it is recommended to increase the adhesion of the object using a glue stick.
On the SD card on our test model was a round object that has almost exhausted the entire space – at least in terms of the diameter . The print head automatically pushed open the door at the front so that it could realize the entire radius at all. This has not disturbed the pharaoh. The side panels create a constant microclimate which does not get out of balance even from an open front.

Print quality: amazingly fine

With the enclosed, narrow spatula the finished object can easily be detached from the glass plate – at least as long as it is still warm. The print quality is impressive even at the very first Probedruck: the individual layers are so extremely fine that they can hardly be touched with their hands. Thanks to the smooth surface of the construction platform, the floor space is absolutely smooth. Even with the first object from the Pharaoh ED measurement portal, it becomes clear how well the delta technology of the print head works.

Templates can be connected via USB to bring or on the SD card to the 3D printer. How well they do with the Pharaoh ED depends on the slicer programs: In the test, we use RepetierHost and Simplify3D. The latter provides clearly better results. Since, however, we have only limited access to predefined print profiles of the manufacturer, the printing result also depends on our settings. And here is a lot of trial and error – just because the 3D printer leaves so much room. Ultimately, however, we also get good to very good results in our test projects.

Speed – no haste at Pharaoh

The Massportal Pharaoh ED works in the test the tasks quietly. Together with the Simplify3D printer software, we have three resolutions: almost 0.3 millimeters of film thickness, medium with 0.2 millimeters and high with 0.1 millimeters. The cream cup, our standard test object takes 41 minutes to 1:51 hours. The printing times are mediocre. For the beginning, we recommend not keeping the 3D printer unobserved. Once he is set up correctly, he can work safely without supervision.

Conclusion – a 3D printer for experienced users

Even if both the manufacturer and the dealer iGo3D claiming the Pharaoh would be suitable for schools and home users, we believe that it is only for users with 3D printing experience. He requires intensive training so that the interplay between software and hardware can work smoothly. It lacks a simple usability. This is primarily due to its versatility, which should be confusing for beginners. If it is optimized, it delivers excellent results. It is robust and therefore suitable for prototyping. The price of more than 3000 euros will also deter hobbyists. The principle of delta technology is a very good idea. The round construction platform also has something special. However, no user will be able to get around with the Massportal Pharaoh ED.

In terms of consumption, the Pharaoh is not only flexible, but also relatively cheap. With Verbatim filament as a basis, the iGo3D attaches, we come to 32 cents for our test pots with almost 10 grams.

product

Massportal Pharaoh ED

design type

finished product

Minimum thickness (in mm)

0.1

Filament thickness (in mm)

1.75

printing technology

Melting layer

Dimensions ready for operation (W x D x H in mm)

320 x 310 x 630

dealer

iGo3D

Print quality

Standard quality

Good

highest quality

Good

Pressure table adjustment

very accurate

Print quality with support

Good

speed

Test object in low quality (in hours)

00:41

Test object in the highest quality (in hours)

02:23

Heating to operating temperature (in minutes)

5:00

equipment

Max. Object size (W x D x H in mm)

150 x 150 x 186

supported printing materials

ABS, PLA, PET, HIPS

Building platform heatable

Yes

Display / memory card slot / USB host

Yes / yes / no

connections

USB 2.0

LED lighting

Yes

Supported Operating Systems

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OS X, Linux

Community

Weight printer ready for operation (in kg)

16.60

handling

software

Repetier Host, Cura, Simplify3D

evaluation software

Not applicable, since several to the choice

file formats

STL, OBJ

Display: language / menu structure

English / overview

Construction Printer: Installation / Material Assembly

easy easy

Printing: Stability printer / unattended printing

Very stable / yes

consumption

Power consumption (operation / rest / off)

110/16 / 0,0

Printing material (price per kg)

32.99

Price test object (9.7 g)

0,32 Euro

Extras

Price (device)

3199 euros